Casting announced for 'Judge Jackie Justice,' new musical for Pittsburgh CLO

Monday, 02 December 2013 04:16 PM Written by 

Pittsburgh CLO is busy for the holidays, with the annual "A Musical Christmas Carol" opening Dec. 6 at the Byham Theater and "Plaid Tidings" now at the CLO Cabaret. But there won't be a lot of time to rest once the boys in plaid move back to their heavenly home and out of the Cabaret at Theater Square Jan. 12. They'll be making way for something brand new.

MikulaA cast has been announced for the Kooman and Dimond musical "Judge Jackie Justice," including CLO regular Kara Mikula (left) in the title role. The commission of Pittsburgh CLO is the branchild of Van Kaplan, who will direct, with choreography by Kiesha Lalama and Michael Moricz serving as musical director. The show will run Jan. 31 through April 27 at the CLO Cabaret's Theater Square home.

Here's the cast announcement from the CLO:

Maggie Carr (Woman #1) previously worked with the Pittsburgh CLO on last summer’s Kopit & Yeston’sPhantom. Ms. Carr is a Pittsburgh native and graduate (BFA) of Point Park University. Regional theatre credits include A Funny Thing Happened… (Theatre Barn), Suite Surrender (St. Vincent Summer Theatre), Mid-Strut (The REP), The 25th Annual...Spelling Bee (Black and White Theatre Co.), andSweeney Todd (Carrnivale Theatrics). Film/web: Conversations w/ My Ex (52AND9 Productions),Knuckle Sandwich (dir. Bailey Donovan). Her original play Open House was published last year, and she is a cofounder of Black and White Theatre Co. and Carrnivale Theatrics.

Jason Coll (Henry) returns to Pittsburgh CLO and the CLO Cabaret where he served as the Associate Artistic Director for many years.  Acting credits include shows with Bricolage Theater, Pittsburgh CLO, WV Public, City Theatre, as well as numerous commercials and voiceovers.  Mr. Coll has had six of his musicals produced by Pittsburgh CLO and has written and produced two original television pilots, “WRITE ON!” and “MUNHALL.”  CLO directing credits include A Musical Christmas Carol, The Big Bangand numerous Richard Rodgers Awards.  His company, Frog Prince Creative, produces dynamic events and theatrical productions.  Mr. Coll currently serves as Music Director at St. Sylvester Parish.

Connor McCanlus (Man #1) is making his CLO Cabaret debut. Local credits include Unseam'd Shakespeare (The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged] and The Tempest, or The Enchanted Isle), Prime Stage Theatre (The Elephant Man and A Wrinkle in Time), Miniature Curiosa, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater Company, and Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks.  He is an improv comedian and musical improviser at Steel City Improv Theater and Arcade Comedy Theater; his work has been featured in festivals in New York City (UCB, PIT, Magnet) and Chicago (Athenaeum).  Mr. McCanlus is also the co-creator and director of HELLO DONNY: A Showtunes Sing-Along! at Backstage Bar.

Kara Mikula (Judge Jackie) returns to the CLO Cabaret after playing Lita Encore in Ruthless! The Musical.  Her Pittsburgh CLO credits include:  Annie (Sophie/Mrs. Pugh), Fiddler on the RoofSunset BoulevardThe Sound of Music (Sister Margaretta), Oliver! (Mrs. Bedwin) and A Musical Christmas Carol.  Other credits:  Grease (Cha-Cha) at The Gateway Theatre; Funny Girl (Mrs. O’Malley) at the Riverside Theatre; The Music Man (Ethel Toffelmier) at KCStarlight; The Boys from Syracuse (Luce) at Surflight Theatre.  Ms. Mikula is a graduate of Point Park University. 

Caroline Nicolian (Understudy) was last seen in Side by Side by Sondheim and A Grand Night for Singing at the CLO Cabaret.  A native of Pittsburgh, she has worked for numerous theater companies in the city such as Pittsburgh Musical Theater, Carrnivale Theatrics, and QM Productions. She received her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Point Park University and her credits there include Jane Eyre the MusicalCan-Can!Assassins, and Parade. One of her proudest moments was singing the National Anthem for President Barack Obama.

Quinn Patrick Shannon (Understudy) previously appeared in Plaid Tidings and A Grand Night for Singing at the CLO Cabaret.  You may have also seen him as Wladek in Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre's Our Class. Other regional credits include the Playhouse REP, Pittsburgh Musical Theater, and Theatreworks USA.

Jonathan Visser (Shane) has worked with Bricolage, The City Theater, The REP, PICT, and Pittsburgh CLO as Sylvia St. Croix in Ruthless! The Musical. He is a graduate of the Masters program at the University of Tennessee, 2010. Other regional credits include Dallas Theater Center, Casa Mañana, Clarence Brown Theater, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Hope Summer Repertory and PCPA.

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